In his 1980 Broadway debut, Mandy Patinkin won a Tony Award for his role as Che in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita and was nominated in 1984 for his starring role as George in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Sunday in the Park with George. In 1991, he returned to Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical The Secret Garden and, in 1997, played a sold-out engagement of his one-man show, Mandy Patinkin in Concert, with all profits benefiting five charitable organizations. Patinkin’s other solo concerts — Dress Casual, Celebrating Sondheim and Mamaloshen — have been presented both on- and off-Broadway. In 2009, he celebrated the 20th anniversary of performing his solo concerts with a two-week run of all of his concerts in rep at New York’s Public Theater, the very space he began his concert career. Patinkin continued the celebration with a critically acclaimed two-week run of Mandy Patinkin in Concert in London’s West End at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Patinkin’s other stage credits include the world premiere of Compulsion, a new play by Rinne Groff and directed by Oskar Eustis, appearing in productions of the play at Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep and finally at The Public Theater in early 2011; Paradise Found (London’s Menier Chocolate Factory); The Tempest (Classic Stage Company); Enemy of the People (Williamstown Theater Festival); The Wild Party (2000 Tony nomination); Falsetto; The Winter's Tale; The Knife; Leave It to Beaver is Dead; Rebel Women; Hamlet; Trelawney of the “Wells”; The Shadow Box; The Split; Savages; and Henry IV, Part I.
Feature film credits include Everybody’s Hero, The Choking Man, Pinero, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, Lulu on the Bridge, Men with Guns, The Princess Bride, Yentl (1984 Golden Globe nomination), The Music of Chance, Daniel, Ragtime, Impromptu, The Doctor, Alien Nation, Dick Tracy, The House on Carroll Street, True Colors, Maxie and Squanto: Indian Warrior. Patinkin won a 1995 Emmy Award (as well as a Golden Globe nomination) for his performance in the CBS series Chicago Hope and starred in the CBS series Criminal Minds as FBI profiler Jason Gideon and in the Showtime Original Series Dead Like Me as the reaper Rube Sofer. Patinkin returned to TV in the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Showtime Original Series Homeland as CIA Division Chief Saul Berenson. His other television appearances include the role of Kenneth Duberstein in the Showtime film Strange Justice, playing Quasimodo opposite Richard Harris in the TNT film presentation of The Hunchback, a film version of Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass for BBC/WGBH-Boston and episodes of Three Rivers, The Larry Sanders Show (1996 Emmy nomination), Law & Order, Boston Public, Touched by an Angel and The Simpsons.
In 1989, Patinkin began his concert career at Joseph Papp's Public Theater. This coincided with the release of his first solo album, entitled Mandy Patinkin. Since then he has toured extensively, appearing to sold-out audiences across the United States, Canada, London and Australia, performing songs from writers including Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Randy Newman, Adam Guettel and Harry Chapin, among others. In 1990, he released his second solo album, entitled Mandy Patinkin In Concert: Dress Casual, on CBS Records. His 1994 recording, Experiment, on the Nonesuch label, features songs from nine decades of popular music from Irving Berlin to Alan Menken. Also recorded on the Nonesuch label are Oscar & Steve, Leonard Bernstein's New York, Kidults and Mandy Patinkin Sings Sondheim. In 1998, he debuted his most personal project, Mamaloshen, a collection of traditional, classic and contemporary songs sung entirely in Yiddish. The recording of Mamaloshen won the Deutschen Schallplattenpreis (Germany’s equivalent of the Grammy Award). In October 2007, Patinkin debuted a new concert with dear friend Patti LuPone and they continue touring their show An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin throughout the United States, Australia, New Zealand and a nine-week Broadway run at the Barrymore Theatre. Patinkin continues to collaborate with An Evening with Mandy Patinkin & Nathan Gunn and most recently The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville starring Patinkin and the performance artist Taylor Mac, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, and Bridges, a new concert starring Patinkin, Paul Ford and a Middle Eastern trio.
Patikin resides in New York City with his wife, actress and writer Kathryn Grody.